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222 of the communications act when it turned over the customer records to the national security agency. the fcc plays a critical role in saveguarding the american telephone consumers and we pursued a series of freedom of information act requests for some of the key legal documents that have been thus far kept secret. if you how -- if you have suggestions what else we should do, we're very interested. let me summarize the key points of my written statement. the first point i'd like to make, we think the legal authority was exceeded in a section 215 activity. it's set out in the petition in considerable detail. summaried in our statement. the second point as to metta data, is that this information is far more detailed and for more revealing of personal activity than typically the underlying content and the communication. and in this sense, current lay, u.s. law in particular, is almost upside-down with respect to privacy interests. as many of crowd know our laws have evolved following a paradigm which distinguishes between the content of a message, what is in envelope, and the header inf
agency the fbi director bears this responsibly to make sure the domestic of government surveillance and do not infringe upon our freedoms. live long said that protecting the national security and protecting americans' fundamental rights are not and should not be exclusive. we can and must do both and i look forward to the testimony about how we achieve both goals. i also have concerns about the justice department treatment of journalists. as the son of vermont printers and publishers, the first amendment is in my blood. the burden falls on the federal government to ensure the press is being protected. i'm very concerned by the obligations regarding the associated press when records. again if confirmed mr. comey will be tasked with the ones in the government will enforcement with personal first amendment rights. i am concerned as others have been here that during the attorney general he improved legal memo with the gulf allies use of waterboarding and other techniques long recognized as torture to both domestic and international law. the conduct oversight on the issue for years might
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